Emotionally gratifying, but can be exhausting
Mental Health Specialist (Current Employee) – Leesburg, VA – April 9, 2013
The best thing I love about this job are my coworkers and supervisors. I feel appreciated and supported, and for the most part, we all make a pretty great team. The biggest struggle comes from working with the kids. On the one hand, when you have the opportunity to see them change and grow, it gives you a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, and even hope; but when these kids first start out, there is hardly any respect, and there is a potential for danger from their physical aggression (this is where coworkers being good backup comes in). It really takes a thick-skinned and determined sort of person to work here, to get to the good that's in the kids through all of the bad.
beautiful campus/grounds, get to participate in outings for free
sometimes dangerous and physically/emotionally exhausting